Korn to graduate, transfer

CLEMSON - Red-shirt sophomore quarterback Willy Korn announced Wednesday that he intends to graduate from Clemson in May of 2010, then transfer to another institution.

Willy Korn came to Clemson as a highly touted prep quarterback in 2007.

On Wednesday, it was announced that he'll leave the program to finish his college career elsewhere after he graduates this May with a degree in communications studies.

Korn will continue to practice with the team and be available to play in the Music City Bowl against Kentucky.

"I have truly enjoyed my experience at Clemson University," he said in a release from the university. "I was very blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to play football and go to school here. The relationships I have built with my teammates will last the rest of my life. Things didn't work out for me on the football field the way I had hoped. However, with two years of eligibility remaining, I really want to go where I can contribute as a starter. So, I plan to transfer to another school in hopes of earning the starting quarterback position."

Korn enrolled at Clemson in January of 2006 as a four star prospect and the No. 8 senior quarterback that year by Scout.com.

Before breaking his collar bone as a freshman, Korn played twice. Against Louisiana-Monroe, he completed six of eight passes for 49 yards and had eight carries for 20 yards and a rushing touchdown. Against Furman, he was 2-3 for 51 yards and a touchdown.

In his first career start against Georgia Tech in 2008, Korn injured his shoulder after going 4-6 with an interception.

Heading into this season, Korn was 34-49 (69.4 percent) for 316 yards and two touchdowns with a 132.9 pass efficiency rating for his career.

He battled for the starting quarterback spot before losing out to Kyle Parker.

Korn played in six games this season, completing 12 of his 17 passing attempts for 90 yards and a touchdown.

"Willy Korn has set a great example for every student-athlete in our program," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "He has represented this institution in a positive manner in everything he has done the last three years. That includes his work ethic in practice and in games, and the way he has carried himself around his teammates and as a student."

"We met near the end of the season and obviously he wants to transfer to a school where he can be the starter. I understand his decision. He will be an outstanding representative of this university for years to come."

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